I’m happy to see that my backyard bees don’t care about COVID-19. Here are some clips of tiny tongues slurping up sugar syrup and rainwater.
It’s warming up a bit and I needed to swap out hive boxes so I did a little beekeeping today and made a video –
My daughter is a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guatemala. She caught these video clips of some volcanic lightning in August 2019. It’s cool stuff coming from the ground up!
I relax best when I’m watching something else work really hard. Here’s a hummingbird in slow-motion (25% of normal) from last night. You can see his long tongue flick out at the very beginning. Also, backyard bird sounds at 1/4 speed are freaky!
My hive didn’t do so well over the winter. The queen is still there but I only found a few hundred bees around her (normal hive is in the tens of thousands – healthy hive is 70,000). I moved them to a nuc (small 5-frame box) to see if they can turn things around — if they do, I’ll have two hives.
I ordered a new package of bees, which I installed Saturday. Today I released the queen who stays in her own cage for several days until the new bees (who aren’t her kin) decide she smells ok and can be their matriarch. She has already mated with some drones in California, so she has all she needs to lay up to 2,000 eggs a day (less in the winter) for 5 years or so. The other bees’ job is to keep the queen alive and prepare cells so she can lay eggs that will hatch into their replacements. Tough life. After a month or so the whole hive will be the new queen’s progeny.
Here’s a little video, at half speed, of today’s hive entrance activity –
And some photos –